Rookie coaches’ hourly rates have skyrocketed, finds a survey of more than 700 executive coaches and other professionals from around 65 countries. Coaches with up to two years’ experience are earning an all-time high of $295 USD per hour, nearly $100 per hour more than just two years ago, according to respondents to Sherpa’s 14th annual Executive Coaching Survey. Hourly earnings for executive coaches are $398 (up from $386 last year and $352 in 2017), for business coaches: $251 per hour (down from last year’s average of $279) and for life coaches: $208 (an increase over last year’s $190 hourly […]

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EMCC 24th annual conference, Amsterdam, 11-13 April 2018 While coaches believe it’s important as a coach to be coached, not many are investing in coaching as part of their CPD, suggests a survey of 80 coaches. Eighty per cent of coaches responding to a survey carried out by Paul Stokes and Lis Merrick felt it was important as a coach to receive coaching. However only 28% are currently receiving it. Presenting at the EMCC’s annual conference in Amsterdam, Stokes said he and Merrick “had a hunch that coaches weren’t getting coaching as part of their CPD”. But, he said, “I […]

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The coaching industry is growing rapidly worldwide – and at a record pace, according to research by the International Coach Federation. Magdalena Mook reports The coaching industry is experiencing a significant evolution. The number of coaches worldwide is increasing at a record pace, according to the International Coach Federation (ICF)’s latest global coaching study, and expansion into new parts of the world is bringing the benefits of professional coaching to more and more people. In line with its commitment to understanding how coaches work, the benefits of the services they provide, and the ultimate impact coaching has on individuals, businesses, […]

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Some 70 per cent of employees are dissatisfied with a lack of future career opportunities, leading to turnover costs of approximately $25,000 or £16,000 per employee. So says a survey of more than 12,000 employees worldwide by best practice insight and technology company CEB. The report highlights how traditional, linear career paths are a thing of the past, with today’s flat organisational structures causing employees to spend more time at each job level – roughly three more years than in 2010. Promotion opportunities have decreased over the last decade as a result of companies removing positions and management layers to […]

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In this year’s Coaching at Work: Shaping the Future survey, we asked what you think the key issues and topics are that we should be looking at around gender equality/diversity in relation to coaching and mentoring. Here are some of your responses What would you like to see under the spotlight? Here are some of your views   CHANGE THE CONVERSATION Paul Brown, faculty professor, organizational neuroscience, Monarch Business School, Switzerland Why is everyone stuck on outdated concepts?   External coach There are no gender or diversity barriers from my experience   THOUGHT LEADERS Nicole Berg, Charis Coaching – The […]

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We asked you for your vision, your wish list and what you see as the challenges and opportunities for the coaching profession in the decade ahead. Here are your answers   In 10 years’ time, what will coaching and mentoring look like? What will its impact be/have been? We asked you, our readership, for your thoughts. You said: Magical; professional; an established profession, perhaps regulated by just one body or government; the norm in leadership development, organisational culture, education and other arenas; accessible to all; diverse, including ethnically; more group and team coaching; flexible; technologically savvy and creative; playing a […]

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Body Talk

A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters of you are members of a professional coaching organisation. But for those of you who aren’t, confusion still reigns. Liz Hall brings clarity with an in-depth look at what’s on offer.

Professional bodies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but as coaching buyers begin to ask more questions about accreditation, standards and ethics, more coaches are signing up. And they are discovering the real benefits to be had.

A recent cartoon by our resident humorist Kipper struck a nerve with many of you, highlighting the confusion that still reigns over who does what. How do you decide what body to join? Which are relevant to you? What do they offer?

Some 74 per cent of respondents to Meyler Campbell’s survey of coaches (see news, page 12) are members of a professional coaching body, up on last year’s 65 per cent. There was no clear leader last year either, but in 2009 the Association for Coaching (AC) pulled ahead by a long shot (59 per cent), followed by the International Coach Federation (ICF; 29 per cent), as shown in Table 1.

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News: Mindjet report: demoralised employees lack the willpower to succeed

Employers are struggling to motivate employees because of a lack of resources, recognition and direction from senior colleagues, suggests research. Inefficient communication is also a factor in holding people back, suggests the report from software company Mindjet. More than half of British office workers care about their employer succeeding in 2013, but only 49 per cent take their own role in this success seriously. And although a third (33 per cent) think they need to change their everyday working practices to be more successful, 24 per cent say they “haven’t got round to it” and 19 per cent feel too […]

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News: ‘Sloppy work’ is biggest timewaster

Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t help them develop good team working skills, suggests a survey of 2,000 people by training consultancy Cedar. Employees understand their own work contributes to team targets, but one-fifth have never attended a meeting in which team performance was discussed. Four in ten have a manager “who does not assist in resolving conflicts”. This, along with difficult interpersonal relationships within teams, is taking its toll on the team’s overall performance. A third of respondents dread coming into work because of a bad team environment, while a further third believe a tense atmosphere is […]

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News:Executive coaching spreads its net wide

US-based Sherpa’s latest annual survey reveals the value and credibility of coaching is at an all-time high, spreading across the globe and creating corporate cultures

This is the year that high-definition video made its mark on coaching, while the number of practitioners using face-to-face coaching fell for the first time in eight years, according to a global survey.
Webcam, a technology that was hardly mentioned even five years ago, is now an important component of service delivery, with 15 per cent of practitioners using it to coach, according to Sherpa’s eighth annual survey – Executive Coaching at the Summit (
The use of video-conferencing is also rising dramatically. External coaches use it more often than internals, by a 22 per cent to 20 per cent margin. And as live, high-quality video starts to become widely available, it will overtake other delivery methods, predicts the report.
Some 92 per cent of internal coaches see face-to-face coaching as the most effective method of delivery, compared to 76 per cent of externals.
The report has thrown up other differences between how external and internal coaches operate, too. Internal coaches meet their clients more often and have more face-to-face meetings – more than half of internals’ coaching is in person, compared to just 40 per cent of externals’ services, the survey notes.
Internal coaches are twice as likely to have weekly meetings, and strongly favour shorter engagements (90 days or less.) Some 27 per cent of externals believe a coaching engagement should last six months or longer, while only 7 per cent of internal coaches opt for engagements that long.

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